Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

Four Indians charged with "gang-rape" of New Zealand woman

Four Indian men have been charged with the gang rape of a woman New Zealand.

A court in Hamilton, in the North Island of New Zealand, is currently hearing evidence against Amir Chand, 25, Harvinder Singh, 22, Kamaljeet Singh, 27, and Sumit Vermani, 26, all residents of New Zealand.

The incident allegedly took place at a motor-racing event in Hamilton in April 2011.

Prosecutor Philip Crayton said the unnamed victim, who was aged 19 at the time of the incident, was drinking with a friend near the Waikato Stadium near Hamilton.

The two then went to a budget supermarket near the stadium where they met a 16-year-old girl from the US.

The duo then asked the 16-year-old to accompany them to the city and the three started walking across the Pak N Save parking space.

It was then that a car driven by Chand with Vermani in the passenger seat pulled up beside the trio.  The men then asked the three girls to get in the car.

Giving evidence via video link, the victim said that she had initially declined to get in but since their 16-year-old friend knew the men, they eventually got in.

However, she said she become worried when the car began heading away from the city centre.

She said she and her friends were taken to a house on Lake Road where she alleged she was raped first by Chand and then by the other three men.

She also stated that she initially tried to resist but eventually gave up "hoping that it would be over sooner" and later suffered an asthma attack.

When the prosecutor asked her about the ethnicity of the perpetrators, she said, "Indian".

The case continues.

- Agencies



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